Hawks never lead, fall in MEAC tournament opener
NORFOLK, VA- The 8th-seeded Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team enjoyed a tie game for all of 21 seconds of their 2019 MEAC tournament experience. The Hawks trailed the remaining 39 plus minutes, never seeing a lead and falling 63-54 to #9 South Carolina State.
South Carolina State built a 15-3 lead in the seven minutes of the game, knocking down four three-pointers and grabbing multiple offensive rebounds for second chance points. The Hawks would trail by 16 points going into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, The Shore would roll off an 11-3 run behind Bryan Urrutia (team-high 14 points) and Ryan Andino (9 points) and eventually shave the lead to just 2. But time and time again, the Bulldogs would answer the bell. Jahmari Etienne (10 points) nailed a big jumper as the shot clock was expiring with less than two minutes left to end a Hawks’ run.
For Maryland Eastern Shore, Issac Taylor added 12 points. SCSU posted 3 players in double figures, including MEAC first-teamer Damari Applewhite (10 points, 12 rebounds).